Editor's note: One of the Bold Awards finalists has withdrawn from the voting process.
We’re thinking about the “B word” in government. No, not bureaucratic, backward, behemoth or bland. But bold.
The Nextgov editorial staff has selected 17 finalists for the 2015 Bold Awards from more than 100 nominations. The awards -- now in their third year -- honor federal employees who’ve spearheaded the use of new technology, launched creative programs or otherwise taken risks to make the government run more more effectively.
This year’s finalists include the social media team at the CIA and an effort by a VA team to secure Internet-connected medical devices.
The finalists hail from 14 different agencies. Also included are contenders for an award recognizing innovators in industry. This is the first time the Bold Awards has recognized individuals from the private sector.
Click through the slideshow to view all the finalists. For the best viewing experience, click the full-screen icon.
Winners will be selected by the Nextgov editorial team and announced Sept. 9 at Nextgov Prime: Data, Cybersecurity and the Government of Tomorrow event in Washington, D.C.
However, members of the public are invited to select a winner for the "People’s Choice Award" Aug. 10-14.